Rogers Publishing Magazine Paper Procurement Policy

Rogers Publishing is in the business of informing and entertaining Canadians. Our aim is to engage Canadians on issues relevant to their lives—be it work, family, personal or the world around them. We publish on various platforms, including the paper editions of our magazines. As paper is a core component of our business, we are committed to pursuing environmentally sound paper procurement practices.

To achieve this goal we will focus on environmental issues in the context of the life cycle of a magazine. We will engage suppliers and key stakeholders in our efforts, and work with them to further integrate environmental criteria into our purchasing. Elements of our approach include:

  • Supporting responsible forest management: We will use independent third-party certification supported by a verified chain of custody to ensure that the paper we purchase is manufactured from well-managed forests. We do not and will not knowingly purchase forest products that are illegally harvested or derived from areas that are legally protected against logging. Our magazine paper is certified to any of the following three internationally recognized forest certification standards: Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI). Rogers Publishing will, however, give preference to fibre originating from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests where possible.
  • Improving paper efficiency: We currently use magazine paper with minimum 10% post-consumer recycled content wherever possible, and will strive to increase overall recycled content in our magazine paper to 15% by 2009 to the extent allowed by product availability and price. Similar or even greater environmental benefits can be achieved through process efficiencies. Accordingly, we aim to reduce paper waste, promote paper recycling, promote manufacturing advances in fibre efficiency, and where possible, use lighter weight paper.
  • High conservation value forests: We will engage with suppliers and key stakeholders to improve our understanding of issues related to high conservation value forests and management strategies intended to conserve or enhance high conservation value attributes. Using certification and other mechanisms, we will monitor our magazine paper procurement to ensure it is consistent with this commitment.
  • Paper Production: We give preference to elemental chlorine free, totally chlorine free processed chlorine free paper. We do not knowingly purchase magazine paper with pulp bleached with chlorine gas. We aim to use information such as greenhouse gas reduction and reduction in energy use in our goal to reduce the environmental impact of our magazine paper.

Rogers Publishing recognizes that options and criteria for environmentally sound paper manufacturing and procurement are evolving. Therefore, where we can, we will set a target date for achieving a particular element of our goal. Where we cannot be as specific, we will provide an update of our efforts when we do an annual review of this policy.  

December 3, 2007

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